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Sales Tax Question #3

Q. If the local-option sales tax were defeated March 3, how soon could the council bring a second plan to a vote? – Jean Bonner, Cedar Rapids

A. The earliest would be Aug. 4, and if not that date, then Nov. 3.

Iowa law allows for city and county elections on only four dates each year. This year the dates are March 3, May 5, Aug. 4 and Nov. 3.

But if the legislature’s exemption allowing expedited local-option sales tax elections is not in effect (and it won’t be in Cedar Rapids after the March 3 election), then city councils and boards of supervisors must notify the county auditor of any special election between 90 and 120 days in advance.

(Thanks goes to Deputy Secretary of State Linda Langenberg for explaining this to me.)

I am trying to respond to reader questions about the sales tax over the next week. Please e-mail or call with your questions, at or (319) 398-8273.

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